Monday, February 2, 2004

In the Stacks: Biographies on Hepburn, Castro, Eminem, Jung, and many others
New books at the Juneau public libraries.

Business Digest
Bonnie Glade, general manager of Juneau's Super 8 Motel, was named one of the top general managers in the Northwest United States by U.S. Royal Host, which operates Super 8 Motels.

Juneau motel manager wins regional award
JUNEAU - Bonnie Glade, general manager of Juneau's Super 8 Motel, was named one of the top general managers in the Northwest United States by U.S. Royal Host, which operates Super 8 Motels.

Exit exams unfair
Sen. Gretchen Guess is right on! The entire exit exam concept should be revisited. I would take it one step further and say that exit exams are both unfair and unnecessary.

It's about what's right for the people, not party
I read Rudy Ruedrich's letter to the editor and I had to reply. It has been a very long time in Alaska politics since I have seen a politician do what is right for the state, not what is right for the party.

Please continue support for the new high school
I ask the Juneau Assembly members to please continue to support the new high school. Juneau-Douglas High School is already overcrowded. Waiting until there are 2,100 students enrolled at JDHS before we even start the process of finding funds from the Legislature and building a second high school, as the petition asks the assembly to do, will force too many kids to suffer in a terrible learning environment.

Make those who benefit the most pay the most
We should not tap the Permanent Fund for either operating expenses or capital projects, and there's no compelling reason to enact regressive statewide sales taxes either. Generating and reclaiming fair and responsible revenue streams is the best method to reverse our growing budget shortfalls.

Glad to read O'Malley
We have so enjoyed Julia O'Malley's columns in the Juneau Empire, both before she left Juneau and after she went to Portland. She has a wonderful way of writing of her experiences with humor, angst and hope, and we could not believe that she would not be immediately hired in any media market for her extraordinary talents.

Support driver's ed bill
I'm a driver's education instructor in Post Falls, Idaho. I have taught for the last 28 years. In 2001 the Idaho Legislature changed the law for new drivers to a similar proposal as Alaska's Legislature. It does make a difference to the young driver.

How about the one-time payout proposal of 1999?
Nobody with any influence seems to be bringing up a proposal that many voted down in 1999. Why not let the public consider taking a one-time payout from the Alaska Permanent Fund? Last time it was mentioned I believe the number was $25,000. I was for it then and I am for it now (and I think a great many other people would be for it now as well).

Second school is needed
I am outraged that citizens are trying to stop the construction of a second high school. I know first-hand that overpopulation in the classroom is a setback. A new school would mean better student/teacher ratios. Too many students are slipping through the cracks just because no one notices them.

Create system that will do away with taxes forever
The Legislature has done its best to avoid a poison-pill tax bill for years. Now our governor is proposing to use a portion of the Permanent Fund to balance the state budget. Since more money is needed to run the essentials of government and keep a balanced budget, and the constituency does not favor tapping into the PFD, why not create a tax system the people would be willing to participate in?

Forest Service timber sales still faulty
In his Jan. 27 letter, Dennis Watson is absolutely right that in the last decade the Forest Service has offered a great many timber sales that are unprofitable to log. Mr. Watson blames the Clinton administration for the 20-plus uneconomical timber sales that the Forest Service recently canceled. But it must be stated: Bush isn't doing things any better. The Forest Service continues to design timber sales that require so much expensive road building that they have no hope of turning a profit.

It's time for a shakeup
In both the Anchorage Daily News and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner there were articles about the mayors lodging a "vote of no confidence" in the Alaska Legislature. It's about time the Legislature got a shakeup.

Five small fires set in high school in December
Juneau-Douglas High School teachers are watching the halls more carefully as authorities try to identify whoever has been setting fires there. The school had five small fires in December, said city Fire Marshal Rich Etheridge. The latest was on Dec. 28.

Around Town
Today Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Valley school momentum hits the wall
Juneau-Douglas High School is overcrowded - walk the halls and you'll see, one person says. The school isn't overcrowded - just take a look, another person says. Having two high schools will hurt the students' education, a man says. No, plainly it will help the kids, says a woman. Voters will have to wade through those differences of opinion if they decide whether to block construction of a second high school in Juneau.

Assembly eyes term limits for city panels
Some city boards and commissions would lose members with years of institutional knowledge if the Juneau Assembly enacts term limits, board officials told the Empire.

Blessing at benefit concert
Eric Drake, second from left, and his fiancee, Maria Miller, receive a blessing from Cy Peck Jr. at the start of a benefit concert held for Drake on Saturday evening at Centennial Hall.

Super Bowl snack run
Jimmy Brackett pulls a trout out of his fishing hole Sunday on Twin Lakes to add to his bucketload.

Who gains, who loses in small schools?
If voters have to decide in a special election whether to block the construction of a second high school in Juneau, they'll have to make some value judgments.

Dzantik'i Heeni building, grounds to see improvements
The Juneau Assembly has appropriated $400,000 to improve the building and grounds at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Hospital looks to cut $6.5 million from construction, renovation plan
Bartlett Regional Hospital and city officials will shave $6.5 million from the hospital's $40 million addition and renovation project, and send it out to bid again.

Culture sharing in China
When Barbara Knapp and her daughter, Laura, visit China this summer, they'll spend most of their time teaching English to middle school-aged Chinese students.

Photo: Just lining up the shot, Dad
Quade Weiler, 5, stumbles over the ice at Twin Lakes on Saturday as his dad, Fred Weiler and brother, Zane, 6, clear the snow in preparation for a Sunday afternoon hockey game.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

The extra costs of another school
Erik Lundquist, chairman of the science department at Juneau-Douglas High School, thinks a second high school is a good idea, but he wants to know the school district can afford to run it.

Fund raising for two high schools' activities: Is it possible?
Are the Falcons financially feasible? Amid a sea of pros and cons about building a second high school in Juneau, an informal survey of more than a dozen coaches and advisors at Juneau-Douglas High School demonstrated near-unanimity on a single overriding concern: In a community already carrying a heavy burden of financial support for school activities, how will a second set of programs be funded if and when the Valley high school, with its Falcon mascot, comes online?

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

My Turn: A transportation plan should include safe routes to school
Each morning I pass the new school zone at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Drive in Juneau. It is good to see our Alaska Department of Transportation respond to community concerns about the dangerous intersection so quickly by adding flashing lights and a lower speed limit while children are present.

Tongass Tales: Fairy and ferry
The Alaska Department of Transportation's future for Southeast Alaska includes more roads with shorter ferry runs. Shorter ferry runs mean lower cost to the traveler. Naturally, environmental organizations oppose roads. Current ferry workers oppose changing the ferry system. Both groups advocate pouring more money into a dying system that already requires a subsidy of $32 million a year.

Toe cartoon
Local editorial cartoon by Toe.

Biologist chronicles history of waterfowl hunting
Harold Duebbert does not stop at loving history. He lives it. He still hunts ducks out of a boat he made 40 years ago. He shoots a 1912 L.C. Smith Model 12 shotgun. The decoys over which he shoots ducks were carved by his own hands. He prefers old-style tan waterfowl hunting jackets and caps to the modern computer-generated camouflage prints.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

The indomitable
Earth stood hard as iron, frosty winds made moan," goes the poem, and while the earth hasn't often been iron-hard this year, there has been the usual moaning among birders about Southeast Alaska's dearth of winter birds.

Snow Report
Local snow conditions.

How to get involved in the bird count
Position a comfy chair within full view of your bird feeder, keep a pad and pen at hand and record who comes to call. Then log onto www.birdsource.org to record your results.

Web sites
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Juneau's Tompkins fourth at Worlds
Joe Tompkins of Juneau took fourth place in his disability classification and was the top American in Saturday's downhill race at the Disabled Alpine World Championships in Wildschoenau, Austria.

Crimson Bears Male-muted
On Friday, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team was shorthanded. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears had another first-half letdown. Such was the case as Juneau dropped its two homecoming games to the No. 4 Lathrop Malemutes over the weekend.

Photos: Wild ride
Photos from the Super-G race of the Alaska Marine Lines Series Junior Olympic Qualifiers Friday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

James, Boozer carry Cavs past Wizards
James, Boozer carry Cavs past Wizards

Bradford, Beedle, Burger win ski races
With a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, 19 local skiers took to the freshly groomed lower nordic loop at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Saturday for Juneau's first cross-country ski race in two seasons.

Five JDHS wrestlers win titles, state berths at Region V Meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team had five individual champions, but it wasn't enough to keep the tournament-host Ketchikan Kings from claiming their fifth Region V wrestling title in six years.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Juneau Youth Football League annual meeting - Meet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons for election of new board members and voting on two minor by-law changes.

Lathrop girls run by Juneau
Boasting height, fleet feet and a deep bench, the Lathrop High School girls basketball squad overwhelmed Juneau-Douglas on the Crimson Bears' homecoming weekend. The tenacious Malemutes forced turnovers, prevented shots and kept the Crimson Bears off their game for a 39-25 victory on Friday.

Region V-Class 4A Wrestling Tournament
Results from Saturday's Region V-Class 4A wrestling tournament held at Ketchikan High School. The top two finishers in each weight class advance to the Class 4A state tournament Feb. 6-7 at Chugiak High School.

Busy weekend at Eaglecrest Ski Area
Juneau's Chris Hinkley won two Super-G races on Friday at Eaglecrest Ski Area during the Alaska Marine Lines Series Junior Olympic Qualifiers.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

First wolves die under Alaska's predator project
Fourteen wolves have been killed in a state-sponsored predator control program that has prompted demonstrations nationwide and a call for a tourism boycott of Alaska.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Search finds no Agent Orange
A search of Alaska soils has failed to find traces of the world's deadliest manmade toxin, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report.

Highway bill hits snag over tax hike
WASHINGTON - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee put off a vote on a six-year, $375 billion transportation bill because of disagreements with GOP leaders and the White House over raising the gasoline tax.

Ads hawk new way to figure out dividends
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. is planning to spend up to $1.6 million on television and radio advertisements promoting a new method of calculating dividends, and a newly formed citizens' group says it's a misuse of public money.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1925, diphtheria serum was delivered to Nome from Nenana by dogsled relay. Part of this route later became the Iditarod Dogsled Race route.

State, pipeline owners to open TAPS tariff negotiations
Five owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline have agreed to begin early negotiations with the state on a tariff structure that could translate into millions of dollars for Alaska.

Court ruling leaves 6 million fish fry in limbo
KENAI - Six million salmon fry swim now in a kind of limbo at the Trail Lakes Hatchery in Moose Pass since the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals banned their release into Tustumena Lake.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Effort to cut drug costs encounters opposition
Sharron Lobaugh says her son tried 18 drugs over 15 years - and spent about three years in the hospital - before he found a medicine that successfully controlled his schizophrenia.

Smoking rate among adults remains high in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's rate of adult cigarette smoking is the second highest among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alaska Digest
Scientists seek to keep whales from longlines

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